by Pastor Mark Jordan
“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew 23:11, NLT)
This week we are looking at the components of the church membership vows to help frame our spiritual resolutions for the new year. So far we have explored prayer, participation, and generosity. Today we get at the heart of the Jesus movement and service.
Jesus said that the greatest among you must be a servant. He modeled this when He said that He came not to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28). This flies in the face of the what’s-in-it-for-me culture we live in, but it really isn’t much different than in the time of Jesus. People often evaluate their value or sense of importance based on how many people serve them; Jesus’ teaching, however, focuses on how you serve others. Let’s face it, there are times we’d rather the word be spelled, “serve-us” as opposed to “service,” but living in the example of Jesus means we look for ways to serve others.
When we add service to the rest of our resolution keys, it is unmistakable that we are called to live life for others. Our verse about prayer was to lift up others to keep them from falling back or dropping out of the church. Our verses on participation was about encouraging others as a way to build up the church. Even our verse in giving was about how God wants to use you to use your blessings to bless the entire church. And when we think about service, it is about blessing the church (take serving on Sundays, for example), but it’s also about blessing those not in the church so they, too, can be guided into God’s forever family.
God wants you to use your life in service to others, not expecting others to serve you. This is the model that Jesus gave you. So will you resolve in 2018 to live a life of service to others?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the example of Jesus to serve. Forgive me for the times I want service to be about what I get out of something as opposed to what I put into something. I want to invest my life in your family, and I promise to do so with my prayers, my participation, my generosity, and my service. In Jesus’ name in pray. Amen.